Today’s daily travel pic was taken in Puyuhuapi, Chile, a small town on the Carretera Austral, the highway through southern Chile that traverses 1,200 kilometers of Patagonia. This gentleman is walking past the village’s Catholic Church, built in 1964.
Puyuhuapi is the consummate sleepy town, nestled at the north end of the Seno Ventisquero (Seno = Sound), an extension of the much larger Canal Puyuhuapi whose blue waters can be seen well before the rough road finally descends towards this settlement that 500 people call home. It remained largely isolated until the Carretera Austral was carved through this section of Patagonia in the early 1980s. It’s also the gateway to Queulat National Park, home to the Enchanted Forest Trail, a hiking trail that lives up to its name.
And for the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 785th straight, was taken in Puyuhuapi, Chile, on 27 February 2013 — three years ago today.